1971 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

Journeyman Texan Charles Coody was the surprise winner at the 1971 Masters, the 35th edition of the tournament. He did it by holding off Johnny Miller and outplaying his third-round co-leader, Jack Nicklaus.

Winner: Charles Coody, 279

Where it was played: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Tournament dates: April 8-11, 1971

Leader after first round: Charles Coody, 66

Leader after second round: Don January, 138

Leader after third round: Jack Nicklaus and Charles Coody, 209

What Happaned at the 1971 Masters

Charles Coody won only three times in his PGA Tour career, but he made one of those victories The Masters. Coody shared the third-round lead with Jack Nicklaus, but by the 14th hole trailed Johnny Miller by two strokes. But Coody was the one who made it happen down the stretch, birdying the 15th and 16th holes of the final round.

Miller bogeyed two of the final three holes, while Nicklaus just couldn't make anything happen late, finishing with six successive pars. Miller and Nicklaus finished tied for second, two strokes back of Coody.

For Coody, it was a great turnaround from what happened in the 1969 Masters: That year he was the late leader but made bogeys on the final three holes. This was Coody's third and final win on the PGA Tour.

Hale Irwin, who went on to win three U.S. Open titles, played in The Masters for the first time here, finishing tied for 13th. Tom Kite (tied 42nd), another future U.S. Open champ, also played The Masters for the first time. Past champions Cary Middlecoff (1955) and Claude Harmon (1948) each played in the tournament for the last time, Harmon withdrawing during the first round and Middlecoff during the second.

1971 Masters Final Scores

Charles Coody 66-73-70-70—279
Johnny Miller 72-73-68-68—281
Jack Nicklaus 70-71-68-72—281
Don January 69-69-73-72—283
Gene Littler 72-69-73-69—283
Gary Player 72-72-71-69—284
Ken Still 72-71-72-69—284
Tom Weiskopf 71-69-72-72—284
Frank Beard 74-73-69-70—286
Roberto De Vicenzo 76-69-72-69—286
Dave Stockton 72-73-69-72—286
Bert Greene 73-73-71-70—287
Billy Casper 72-73-71-72—288
Bruce Devlin 72-70-72-74—288
Raymond Floyd 69-75-73-71—288
Hale Irwin 69-72-71-76—288
Bob Murphy 69-70-76-73—288
Bruce Crampton 73-72-74-70—289
Arnold Palmer 73-72-71-73—289
Dave Eichelberger 76-71-70-73—290
Orville Moody 79-69-70-72—290
Tommy Aaron 76-72-74-69—291
Bobby Mitchell 72-70-74-75—291
Al Geiberger 73-75-72-72—292
Dick Lotz 77-72-73-70—292
a-Steve Melnyk 73-70-75-74—292
Dale Douglass 70-71-76-76—293
Dave Hill 74-73-70-76—293
Art Wall Jr. 71-76-72-74—293
Larry Hinson 75-71-76-72—294
Yung Yo Hsieh 75-69-77-73—294
Chi Chi Rodriguez 73-75-71-75—294
Larry Ziegler 73-70-77-74—294
Bob Lunn 69-76-81-69—295
George Archer 73-74-78-71—296
Bob Goalby 76-73-74-74—297
David Graham 75-72-77-73—297
Tony Jacklin 73-76-76-72—297
John Schlee 76-74-73-74—297
Tom Shaw 77-70-74-76—297
Harold Henning 72-75-77-74—298
a-Tom Kite 76-74-70-80—300
John Lister 78-72-75-75—300
a-Allen Miller 76-73-81-70—300
Gibby Gilbert 72-76-75-79—302
Doug Ford 75-75-77-76—303
Howie Johnson 73-74-82-74—303
Jerry Heard 76-74-75-79—304

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